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Middle Atlantic Amateur Shooting Dog Classic

Middle Atlantic Association

By Joe Lordi | Nov 08, 2018
Amateur Shooting Dog Classic Winners. In foreground, from left: Ray Wheeler with Nosam’s Rock Creek, Jack Miller with Miller’s Upgraded Version, Chris Catanzarite with Backcounty Tornado and Ted Goodyear. Behind: Joe McHugh, Bob Reed, Mike Husenits, Bill Primm, Judge Leroy Long, Fran Miller, Frank Henderson, Judge Mark Hughes, Muriel Primm, Michelle Gillota, George Tracy and Ralph Gillota.

Bloomingdale, Ohio — Bloomingdale, Ohio — The Middle Atlantic Amateur Shooting Dog Classic was run on the Mingo Sportsman Club grounds. It started first thing Saturday morning, September 22, after the conclusion of the National Pheasant Shooting Dog Championship. It drew 34 dogs for an excellent entry. Handlers gathered from an impressive range of states, including Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Georgia.

The weather was perfect after a week of heat and rain. The cooler temperatures were welcomed and gave every dog an equal chance. There was a threat of showers on Monday, but the rain held off until after the trial ended. The weather could not have been better.

The judicial assignment was completed by Mark Hughes of Clearfield, Pa., and Leroy Long of Berkley, Ohio. They set a good pace, followed the course, and gave every dog a fair look. Their decision was well received, and the club would like to thank them for their time.

The Mingo Sportsman Club was of great assistance helping with the bird planting and providing the facilities. The grounds were in excellent condition. The rolling hills allow a handler to show a dog, but the dog must handle and run. The pheasants added a huge challenge for the dogs and handlers. More dogs were up before the hour than were still running at the end.

The club would also like to thank George and Mary Tracy for their help with the dog truck and morning snacks.

Ted Foust, Bob Reed, and Carl Bishop also provided much-needed support. Chris Catanzarite was a huge help before and during the trial. His help was greatly appreciated, and we could not have done it without him. As always, if it is Middle Atlantic, you can be assured Muriel Primm is taking care of everything. Her attention to detail is amazing and makes for a great trial.

The 4-H Club of Ohio put on a fantastic spaghetti and meatball dinner with all the fixings and wonderful desserts. They served all of the participants with a smile. We hope they will come back next year for the amateur stake and serve another wonderful dinner. I believe they even promised to have ice cream next year.

Bob and Karen Reed hosted a fine feast for all on Friday night in honor of last year’s winner, Steel City Karen.

As always we appreciate the support of Purina for this trial and all of their support in field trials.


The judges were looking for a running dog with good bird work. The dogs they placed were big running, hunting the objectives not the paths and stylish on the ground and on their game.

Nosam’s Rock Creek, pointer male handled by Ray Wheeler, took top honors with four picture-perfect finds and an excellent race. He hit the objectives and impressed the judges and the gallery.

Second place went to Miller’s Upgraded Version, pointer  male handled by Fran Miller, with three finds and a strong forward race. He was stylish on his bird work and covered the country in a manner that pleased the judges and the gallery.

Backcountry Tornado, pointer female handled by Chris Catanzarite, finished third with four finds and a fine race. One excellent move was made past the iron giant on the right, and Tornado was rewarded with a find on the edge of the pond. She finished the hour strong and to the front.

A couple of dogs that could have changed things if they had finished were Backcountry Bonnie, handled by Kevin Joyce, and Samalu Snow Cat, handled by Sandy Maclean.

Bloomingdale, Ohio, September 22

Judges: Mark Hughes and Leroy Long


[One-Hour Heats] — 33 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—NOSAM’S ROCK CREEK, 1651710, pointer male, by Lance’s Last Knight—Prairieland Lucy. Ray Wheeler, owner and handler.

2d—MILLER’S UPGRADED VERSION, 1674987, pointer male, by Just Irresistible—Miller’s Bring The Heat. Jack & Fran Miller, owners; Fran Miller, handler.

3d—BACKCOUNTRY TORNADO, 1629924, pointer female, by Mac’s Silver Dollar—Backcountry Dolly. Chris Catanzarite, owner and handler.

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